Early Years – Donaldson Class
In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our Nursery Nurse is called Miss McGrath, and we are also helped out by Mrs Oliver and Mrs Pepechkova.
Our Topic for this half term is "Traditional Tales".
We will start by thinking about the story of the Three Little Pigs, and will be turning our indoor role play area into a Construction Site, so that we can build the pigs a suitable new home.
We will also be experimenting to find out which material is the best to build a house from; straw, sticks or bricks. We will finish our work on the Three Little Pigs by visiting Willow's Farm, and seeing pigs in their home environment.
We will also be thinking about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel, and the Gingerbread Man. We will explore the tastes of different flavours of porridge, and will be thinking about healthy eating. We will also be designing, making and eating our own gingerbread people.. and hoping that they don't escape from the oven!
We will finish this topic with the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, and will be planting our own "magic" beans so that we can watch them grow!
Important things to remember:
PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child has their full P.E. kit in school. including trainers.
Reading books will be changed every Friday (two books per week). Please ensure that you read with your child frequently, and help them to learn their tricky words, and comment in their reading record to say that they have read.
By now you should have received your Curriculum Overview leaflet which outlines the activities that we will be completing this half term. If you have mislaid your copy of this, please speak to a member of the Early Years team.
Your celebrations and festivals...
If you will be taking part in any celebrations or festivals, please let us know, as we would very much like to celebrate these with you. If you would like to come in and talk to the class about your celebration, we would very much welcome you to do so!
Homework and Reading
Firm Foundation packs will be sent home each Friday to be returned to school no later than Wednesday. There is a labelled box for these to be collected into just inside the classroom door. If you have not signed up to receive these packs and would like to, please speak to Mrs Graves or Miss McGrath.
Reading books and phonic packs are changed every Friday, when your child will receive two books to last them for the week. Please ensure that reading books, diaries and phonic packs are kept in your child’s book bag and are brought to school every day. We tend to alternate between reading with all children in class one week, and checking tricky words the next.
Homework is also sent home on a Friday night, and we ask that this is completed by Wednesday at the latest. These sheets help to develop children's phonic, writing and maths skills.
Please click the link below to access the PowerPoint that was shown at our "Meet the teacher" and "Phonics" events. These will help to explain what life is like for children in Reception Class, and explain how we teach phonics throughout Reception and KS1 classes.
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5* Literacy 5* Topic 5* Maths
Take a look at our fantastic classroom!